Even though I’m taking some time to assess and explore how I blog, I didn’t mean for this place to go to radio silence this week (or to get woefully behind on responding to comments). But that’s life I guess, and I’m not beating myself up about it.
I haven’t been reading a ton this month, but not for lack of great books available for me to choose from. I’ve got a bunch of fall releases on my shelves that I’m hoping to pick up before the end of the year. Here are nine of them, three each for the next three months:
September (aka Books I’ve Already “Missed”)
Although September is almost over, there are several books that came out this month that I have but haven’t gotten to read yet.
- Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, a chunkster of investigative journalism about patient deaths at a hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I’m taking this one with me when I’m traveling this weekend — it looks awesome.
- The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai, the story of a young American psychiatrist sent to evaluate Hermann Göring after the fall of the Nazi’s. The description of this one calls it a “cautionary tale about the dangers of coming too close to evil” — awesome, right?
- Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen, a food memoir about life in the USSR in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. I love a good food memoir, especially one that incorporates family as deeply as this one seems to do.
October (aka The Month of Big Books)
October is the month of the chunkster. In addition to the books I’m including below, keep an eye out for We Are Water by Wally Lamb (576 pages), The Abominable by Dan Simmons (672 pages), and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (848 pages).
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, probably the biggest fiction release this fall. I read the first few pages of this earlier in the month and can already tell it’s going to be amazing! (784 pages)
- Social by Matthew D. Lieberman, a look at the current research in “social neuroscience,” which argues that humans are fundamentally wired to connect with other people in the social world. Science!
- We Killed by Yawl Kohen, a look at the rise of women in comedy. Technically this is coming out in paperback, but I’m so excited about it that I’m breaking my own rules to include it.
November (aka The Final Countdown)
December is such a crazy month with the holidays, I tend to think of November as the last month of “new” books until we hit January. Luckily, there are some good ones coming out.
- This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Anne Patchett, a collection of essays on “love, friendship, work and art.” I don’t always love Patchett’s plots, but her writing is gorgeous. I’m excited about this one.
- Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, a look at the ruthless behavior and closet skeletons of some of the worlds most interesting princesses. Can’t wait!
- Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear, a look at the extreme edges of the American culinary establishment. Goodyear is a New Yorker writer described as a mix between Mary Roach and Anthony Bourdain — it’s hard to resist that.
What books are you excited to read during the rest of the year?